Occidental College

Educational Resources


Music Library; Chemistry and Physics Reading Rooms (journals); access to 14,619 electronic journal titles; member of Link+, which gives students ability to access books at 30 member libraries in California and Nevada; access to Lexis/Nexis, Proquest and other online databases

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 482,386 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 1,230 current serial subscriptions.
  • 417,186 microforms.
  • 18,116 Audio/Visual items.
  • 4,000 e-books.

Museums & Art

Keck Theater; Mullin Studio and Art Gallery; Moore Ornithology Collection; Smiley Geological Collection; Morse Collection of Astronomical Instruments; superconducting magnet; vivarium; greenhouses



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 300 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 20 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 25 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 0 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 650 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in all classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 1,800 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, health insurance


minority student, career, personal, academic, psychological, birth control, religious


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, alumni network, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 70% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 17% of housing units are Singles.
  • 67% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 16% of housing units are Triples.
  • In total, there are 14 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 7% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 60% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Dance Production; Da Getaway; Club Oxy; Founders Day; Winter Formal; Quad shows; First Tuesday speaker series; New Play Festival
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 109 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Chi Sigma (chemistry); Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music); Sigma Alpha Iota (music-women); Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics); Psi Chi (psychology); Mortar Board; National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Buddhist Meditation Group, Canterbury/Augsberg, Newman Catholic Community, LDS Student Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, Hillel, Progressive Christians Uniting
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Armenian Students Assn. ; Asian-Pacific Islander Alliance; Black Student Alliance; Chinese Culture Club; First Nations; EKTA (Southeast Asian Club); J@Oxy (Japan at Oxy); Korean Student Assn. ; MEChA/ALAS; Pilipino United Student Organization: Multicultural Alliance
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Blyth Student Investment Fund; Bad Movie Club; I Ka Poli O Hawai'i; Occidental Rock Climbing Club; Cloud 9 Snow/Surf Club; Queer-Straight Alliance; Anime and Asian Film Club; American Medical Student Assn. ; Chess Club; Occidental Dance Theater; Occidental Venture Assn. ; Student-Alumni Relations Club; History Society; OxyConscious; College Republicans; Oxy Dance Team; Opera Club; Rotaract; Ultimate Frisbee; Jazz Band; Occidental Review Arts and Literary Magazine; Sailing Interest Club; Rugby (men's and women's); Yoga Club
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) Occidental Weekly (weekly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Los Angeles (15), Burbank (9)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Los Angeles (6)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Los Angeles (6)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 66% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 3 fraternities
  • 1 fraternity houses
  • 6% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 4 sororities
  • 2 sorority houses
  • 13% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (University of Southern California, University of California--Los
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (University of Southern California, University of California--Los
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, other


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